Commil USA Wins $63.8 million Patent Infringement Verdict Against Cisco Systems Inc.

MARSHALL, Texas – An East Texas jury returned a $63.8 million patent-infringement verdict for The Woodlands, Texas-based Commil USA LLC against Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) in a second courtroom trial over wireless network technology, eclipsing the original trial award by more than $60 million.

The verdict in Commil USA LLC v. Cisco Systems Inc., et al., No. 2:07-cv-341, was issued April 8, 2011, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas following a one-week jury trial.

The original jury awarded a $3.7 million verdict in favor of Commil last May. The trial court later ordered a new trial based on Commil's arguments that the jury's verdict amount was unfairly influenced by prejudicial comments made by a Cisco defense attorney.

Commil was represented in both trials by Sayles Werbner co-founders Richard A. "Dick" Sayles and Mark S. Werbner. "This verdict for our client is proof that the legal system works. We know this new award more truly reflects Commil's significant damages as a result of Cisco's infringement," says Mr. Sayles. "The jury's decision further validates Commil's valuable patented technology."

The Commil technology contained in U.S. Patent No. 6,430,395 (the '395 patent) allows wireless devices to move from point to point on a computer network without signal interruption. Prior to this groundbreaking invention, network users experienced frequent signal disruptions resulting in data losses, dropped calls and other errors. Commil filed the lawsuit after discovering that the company's patented technology was being used by a Cisco subsidiary to produce its own Wi-Fi product line.

 

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